Instapot Creamy Tomato Soup with Caramelized Onions

Is it cold where you are? We are in Georgia and it was 70 degrees on Christmas, but today it is 24 degrees. I love the cold because it makes me feel like it is okay to stay in the holiday spirit for just a littttle bit longer!

This soup is perfect for the cold weather! I would honestly eat it any time, but the creamy heat just warms you from the inside out.

Last month a was a little under the weather and my amazing husband came home early to bring me Panera tomato soup and grilled cheese. That combination brings back so many memories for me. My grandma would warm a can of campbells tomato soup with a little milk and cheddar anytime I was sick. This is slightly more grown up, but the same yummy idea.

The caramelized onions pair really well with the tomatoes and cream. Topped with lots of cracked black pepper and grilled cheese croutons, you will definitely win over kids and adults alike!

Creamy Tomato Soup

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings


  • Instapot


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced yellow onion
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 slices sour dough bread
  • 1/2 cup cheddar
  • 1/2 cup grated parm


  • Heat up the instapot and add the olive oil. Once the oil is warm add your onions and sugar. Keep them moving so they do not burn. Once the onions start to turn golden brown you can add the tomatoes and broth. Turn on your soup setting for 45 minutes.
    Once finished you can use an immersion blender to smooth out the broth or you can put a few cups in a regular blender. (Just make sure you wait until the soup is not boiling hot!) Add the cream, basil, and parmesan cheese. At this point you can salt and pepper to taste. I really like mine with lots of fresh cracked black pepper!
    Toast your sourdough with the cheddar on top. (I did mine really quickly in the air fryer) You just want the bread slightly crispy and the cheese melted. Cut into cubes for your topping.

This is an easy way to have a warm comforting dinner with hardly any effort! The carmelized onions and parmesan just take a traditional soup up a level. Enjoy!

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Low Carb Pesto Chicken Quesadilla

Sometimes I just really crave pasta. Something about a big bowl of noodles with garlic bread is so comforting after a long day. Pesto specifically has been on my mind.

Since I’ve been eating low carb low sugar I typically only have pasta once a month if that. I had to find an alternative that wouldn’t be so heavy! Sprouts came to my rescue once again!

You can get these ingredients at any grocery store or even make them from scratch, but if you have a sprouts close to you definitely check these out!

I really like the tortilla factory low carb tortillas. They crisp up similar to a corn tortilla and only have 3 net carbs.

I bought the sprouts house made pesto which is extra heavy on the garlic. It is very similar to how I make mine. Mostly herbs and garlic!

I almost used mozzarella cheese, but then decided on Monterey Jack. If you can find cheese without rbgh hormones added that is what I like to use. It melts way faster and is a lot better for you.

For the chicken I just used rotisserie chicken from the deli- skin removed. I like to keep this on hand for salads during the week!

Then a little red sauce for dipping!


Rotisserie chicken shredded

2 tbsp of pesto

1/2 cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Low carb tortillas

1 tsp of butter


Heat a non stick skillet to medium

Add the butter

Coat the pan

Add your tortilla and spread with pesto

Top with 1/4 cup of chicken and 1/4 cup of cheese per tortilla

Let the cheese start to melt

Fold in half and flip

Serve with your favorite sauce!


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Smoked Pork Sliders

Do you ever shop the bargain cook book section at Barnes and Nobles? I get suckered in every time! I came home with two cook books the other day that are filled with inspiration. Since I’ve been doing Keto I feel like I was in a cooking rut.

These buns clearly are not low carb, but Patrick is not on the diet so I wanted to surprise him. These are inspired from a couple different recipes I found. Which is usually how the best creations come about!

I don’t have a smoker so I just used my charcoal grill. I tossed in some Jack Daniels wood chips to get the smoked taste. The trick here is to cook the meat for 275 degrees for at least 3 hours.

The charred meat on the sweet roll with sriracha mayo and pickles is spot on! I did pair the meat with a whole thirty bbq sauce, but Patrick hated the sauce haha! Not sweet enough for him.

If you are doing low carb this meat is perfect for you. Low sugar and so tasty! If you aren’t low carb it’s still wonderful!


3 lb pork shoulder/butt


1/2 cup or sriracha

2 tbsp of garlic powder

2 tbsp of smoked paprika

1 tbsp of cayenne pepper

1/4 cup of melted butter

1/2 cup of mayo


Hawaiian rolls


Heat grill or oven to 400 degrees

Rub the sriracha (leaving 1 tbsp out) over the pork and salt liberally

Let sit in the fridge uncovered while the grill heats up

Wipe the pork down with paper towel to dry it

If using the grill use the top rack or put to the side of the coals

Rotate the meat for an even cook every 15 minutes or so

The grill will cool to 300-275 on its own

Lower the oven temp if roasting

Season with the garlic, paprika, pepper and salt liberally again

Turn every 30-45 minutes

Once the pork hits 160 degrees remove and let rest for 30 minutes

Once cooled shred and pour the melted butter over top

Mix the remaining sriracha with the mayo

Serve on the rolls with pickles


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Sweet and Spicy Sticky Chicken

There is a restaurant near us that serves a platter of super spicy crispy chicken, potato wedges, pickled radish, cold corn and tons of dipping sauces.

We were shopping the local section in Publix and came across locally made pepper jellies. I knew right away I wanted to make a glaze with the peach jalapeño jelly. If you can’t find fruit pepper jelly you can get a regular pepper jelly and add peach jam.

I made this chicken the other day and Patrick liked it so much he requested it again last night! Lightly breaded chicken perfectly crispy and salty. The glaze really takes it over the top.

The mix of pepper jelly, honey, jalapeño and soy sauce is just a magical experience when it mixes with the salty chicken.


Chicken thighs boneless skinless

1 cup flour/1 cup cornmeal or 2 cups of autrys chicken breading

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp salt / pepper

2 tbsp of peach pepper jelly

1/4 cup of honey

2 tbsp of soy sauce

1 fresh jalapeño sliced

Oil for frying


Preheat oil to 350 degrees ( I like to use a cast iron skillet or large soup pot

In a large ziplock bag or Tupperware add the four/cornmeal (or breading), salt, pepper and garlic.

Add the chicken and shake until fully coated

Fry until cooked through around 160 degrees it will rise as the chicken rests

Season liberally with salt and pepper

In a sauté pan whisk, honey, pepper jelly, soy sauce and jalapeño. Heat over low until combined

Drizzle over the chicken

We like to serve ours with potato wedges and garlic greens!

Enjoy !!! ( with lots of sriracha!)

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Crispy Salmon BLT

Our wedding is only a month away! I cannot believe how quickly everything has come together. We have been working on the finishing touches and the weather has not cooperated with my projects. It has been non stop rain. I’m hoping this means it will be nice and dry by the time the wedding day is here.

These Salmon BLTs are perfect for adding a little freshness during this dreary weather. Lemon aioli, spicy pepper bacon, juicy tomato, and fresh cut lettuce all do their part to liven up my favorite salmon.

You can use Texas toast or a lettuce wrap for these. We like the Publix onion rolls. They soak up all the aioli in the best way.


Green leafy lettuce


Thick cut bacon (we like pepper crusted bacon)

1/4 cup of mayonnaise

Juice from 1 lettuce

Tsp black pepper

1 small white onion sliced


Fresh salmon filets

2 tbsp of coconut oil or olive oil

Steak seasoning or a blend of garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, pepper

1/2 tsp dill


Rub the filets with oil and season liberally

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Fry each side in a cast iron skillet

Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through

Fry a few pieces of bacon and use the excess fat to sauté the sliced onion

Mix mayo, lemon and pepper

Slather on both pieces of bread

Add tomato slices and lettuce

Add the salmon

Top with the onions and bacon

Now there is nothing left, but to enjoy multiple times a week!

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Sausage Pappardelle Zucchini

This past weekend I went to the most beautiful wedding! Patrick’s sister was married on this adorable rustic farm. She did an awesome job pulling everything together. One of my favorite parts was the smell throughout the venue. It was a blend of wood and fresh flowers. It made me think of Christmas. I had the honor of making her cake! She wanted a strawberry cake which is one of my favorites to make! I made a cream cheese buttercream and the filling was made with strawberry preserves from a local farmers market. 

Sausage Pappardelle Zucchini
Recipe Type: Low Carb
Author: Kellie Rice
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Serves: 2
Low carb zucchini pappardelle with spicy sausage and marinara
  • small white onion chopped
  • handful of fresh herbs chopped (parsley, basil, and oregano)
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 4 links of spicy sausage
  • 1 tsp of crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup of mushrooms
  • 2 tsp of tomato paste
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 3 zucchinis spiraled
  • grated cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a pan drizzle the sausage with olive oil
  3. Add half of the chopped onion and the mushrooms
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until the sausage is golden brown
  5. Let cool
  6. In a sautee pan heat up a little olive oil, the onions, garlic, and crushed red pepper
  7. Add the zucchini for sautee for 5 minutes
  8. Remove the zucchini and set to the side
  9. Add a little more olive oil in the pan, the whole tomatoes (break up with a fork), tomato paste, and sugar
  10. Cook down for about 15 minutes
  11. Slice the sausage and add to the sauce with the roasted mushrooms and onions
  12. Season with salt and pepper
  13. Add in the fresh herbs
  14. Pour sauce over the zucchini and grate the cheese on top


Zucchini noodles are the closest I can get to the real thing. These thick spirals of zucchini are sautéed with fresh garlic and olive oil. I made Patrick’s portion with a blend of zucchini pappardelle and egg noodles. If you aren’t concerned with the carbs that is a super delicious way to ease yourself into the zucchini noodle world.

We picked up these spicy Italian sausages from Whole Foods. I roasted them with olive oil, mushrooms, and onion. They are perfect with this marinara sauce!

This sauce is  a blend of fresh garlic, herbs, crushed whole tomatoes, olive oil, tomato paste, and crushed red pepper. You can just toss the zucchini lightly in the sauce, but I love extra sauce for the zucchini to soak up.

We love fresh grated cheese on our pasta. When you are using such simple ingredients it is important to pair with a really good quality cheese. I really like pecorino or parmesan. Something with really good texture and salt.

zucchini papparedelle

I hope you try this recipe! Enjoy!

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Herb Shrimp and Salmon with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

herb salmon

Happy Wednesday! We live right outside our town square. Tons of adorable restaurants and  shops  line the streets. On the weekends they close everything down and set up a mini farmers market for all the locals. However, this week we have been taken over by movie producers! They have been filming in the square all week. Refreshing all of the shops with fun new names. When we were coming home today they had just finished setting up a scene with a bunch of smashed cars. As much as I wish we didn’t have the traffic detours – I do think it is very cool to see.

herb salmon

I have been so excited to share this recipe! One of my favorite things to make after a long day at work is some kind of grilled seafood over roasted veggies. This recipe is so bright and fresh. I used the marinade and spice blend on jumbo shrimp as well as salmon fillets.

herbo salmon

The Rodelle Seafood Seasoning is the perfect addition to my favorite recipe. You can check it out here! They created a blend of herbs, chunky salt, and sesame seeds perfect for any seafood cravings! My marinade is a very simple mix of fresh parsley, basil, lemon, and olive oil. Top with a little of the Seafood Seasoning and grill! I love that this meal comes together in 30 minutes.

Patrick likes to eat his seafood with basmati rice. I just eat with lots of veggies to stay low carb. Either way is a winner!

Herb Shrimp and Salmon with Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Cuisine: Seafood
Author: Kellie Rice
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Serves: 2
Grilled Herb Shrimp and Salmon
  • 2 salmon fillets (8 oz total)
  • 1/2 pound of jumbo shrimp peeled and cleaned
  • zest and juice from 3 large lemons
  • 2 tbsp of Rodelle Seafood Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 cup of mixed chopped herbs ( I used basil and parsley)
  • 2 cups of grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups of brussel sprouts chopped
  • 1/2 cup of purple cabbage chopped
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan
  2. In a large bowl mix the herbs, lemon juice, lemon zest, and olive oil
  3. Reserve a little of the marinade to drizzle over the seafood once finished
  4. Add salmon fillets and shrimp to the marinade
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  6. On a large baking dish spread out the brussel sprouts, cabbage, and tomatoes
  7. Drizzle with olive oil
  8. Season with garlic, salt and pepper
  9. Cook for 20 minutes or until brussel sprouts are golden and tender
  10. Season the shrimp and salmon with the seafood seasoning
  11. Grill until the shrimp pink with a slight charr and salmon is warm all the way through
  12. Serve over the veggies and drizzle the remaining marinade over the top

Even though fall is just around the corner- you can enjoy a little taste of summer year round!

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Low Carb Marinated Chicken Thigh Fajitas

chicken thigh fajitas

These chicken thighs are marinated in an amazing spice paste then grilled to perfection! I served mine with tomatoes, peppers and onions. We have this fantastic restaurant by our house that serves platters of authentic fajitas with soft warm tortillas. Since we are still low carb we just skipped the tortilla and packed our plates with veggies.

chicken thigh fajitas

It feels so good to be back and writing again! This summer has been so crazy with my promotion and all the wedding planning. I decided to take a break from so I could focus on the wedding for a little bit. We took a couple weeks off to take the kids to some theme parks which was so fun and nice to get away from everything.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been in the kitchen! I have so many new recipes I am so excited to share with you guys! I have been following a Keto lifestyle trying to get in shape for our wedding in April. I have so many low carb recipes!

chicken thigh fajitas

Ok back to these fajitas. I take my favorite spices and add a little olive oil to make a paste. Then rub the chicken and let it sit in the refrigerator for thirty minutes. While that is marinating I take my mixed peppers, onions, tomatoes, and bella mushrooms and toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper. I dump everything on a roasting pan and cook for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. The chicken is grilled until cooked through then sliced.

chicken thigh fajitas I like to serve mine with lettuce, lime, and shredded cheese. You can also add sour cream, fresh avocado, and lots of Valentina sauce!

Low Carb Marinated Chicken Thigh Fajitas
Recipe Type: Low Carb
Author: Kellie Rice
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Serves: 2
Marinated chicken thighs served with all the fajita trimmings.
  • 1 pound of chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp of cumin
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder (or fresh!)
  • 1/2 tbsp of red pepper
  • 1 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • juice from one lime
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 2 cups of sliced bell peppers
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 cup of bella mushrooms
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • Toppings- shredded cheese, lettuce, hot sauce, lime
  1. Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees and a grill (or grill pan on the stove)
  2. Mix all the spices, lime and olive oil and pour over the chicken
  3. Let marinate in the fridge
  4. Toss the veggies in the olive oil with salt and pepper
  5. Dump onto a roasting pan and cook for 20 minutes
  6. Grill the chicken on a grill or grill pan
  7. Let rest then slice thinnly
  8. Top with lettuce, cheese, hot sauce and lots of lime juice!

chicken thigh fajitas

I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget- if you aren’t low carb then definitely serve with some fluffy tortillas!

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Pimento Cheese Burgers

pimento cheese burger

We are finally moved in to our new house! Well technically we moved in 3 weeks ago, but I finally had a chance to move all my photography props and lights into our make shift studio. The natural lighting here is so amazing and I am excited to start working on recipes. We have so much more room here. At our last place (while we loved it) everything just felt so cramped and there was not much kitchen space. I am just so inspired here in the new space! Now lets talk about these pimento cheese burgers!

pimento cheese burger

These burgers are the first recipe I photographed here! Perfectly soft onion rolls with a medium rare steak burger topped with melted cheddar and pimento cheese. The perfect side for me were these garlic sweet potato fries! We served ours with lots of dill pickles, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and crispy bacon.

pimento cheese burger

After uploading these pictures I am absolutely craving another bite. We just bought a hot sauce called “the sauce”. It is so peppery and tart! I would love to tell you we did not go through a whole bottle in 2 weeks, but… we did. I highly recommend a side of hot sauce for these garlic fries.

Pimento Cheese Burgers
Recipe Type: Burger
Author: Kellie Rice
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Serves: 2 big burgers
Pimento cheese burgers topped with lots of fresh ingredients!
  • Soft onion rolls
  • preformed burger patties (I prefer steak burgers)
  • sliced cheddar
  • 1/2 cup of pimento cheese
  • 8 pieces of thick cut bacon
  • sliced tomato
  • lettuce
  • dill pickle chips
  • mayonnaise
  • 2 sweet potatoes sliced into wedges
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp of canola oil
  1. preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. place bacon on a cooking sheet and bake until crisp (about 10 minutes)
  3. let drain on some papertowel
  4. Lay the potatoes on another baking sheet and drizzle a little cooking oil on them
  5. season liberally with salt and pepper then sprinkle the garlic powder
  6. cook for 15 minutes then flip
  7. then finish for another 15 minutes
  8. heat a saute pan over medium high and add the oil
  9. salt and pepper the burger patties and place them in the pan once hot
  10. I like to cook my burgers for 3 minutes then flip, cook to an internal temp of 135 then let rest
  11. top with cheddar slices
  12. to build your burger put a little mayo and dill pickles on the bottom of the bun
  13. top with the burger
  14. top with pimento cheese and bacon
  15. add lettuce and tomato
  16. serve with fries

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Short Rib Chili (Instapot Version)

Short Rib Chili

Okay. That’s it. I am convinced that beef short rib meat is the only meat I will ever need. forever. Something about it just always results in the most tender juicy bites. Even though we have a constant rotation of beans, beef, chicken, various sea foods, and pork I always end up back at beef short ribs. We use them in every kind of recipe. So it shouldn’t surprise you that short rib chili is up next!

Short Rib Chili

I’ve always grown up eating ground beef chili or turkey chili. When I met Patrick he never liked any ground meats in my recipes. So I would start butchering my own cuts of meat tailored to the recipe. This short rib chili was made in the instapot. It is packed with flavor and ready in 30 minutes. You can definitely skip the meat in this version and have a vegetarian chili. I promise it would be just as good. This whole recipe really comes down to one very special ingredient.

Short Rib Chili

Rodelle organic cocoa powder. I’ve been putting cocoa in my chili for years, but something about the Rodelle cocoa really takes it over the edge. It is such a dark pure powder that pairs perfect with the chili spices. You can’t taste cocoa at all. It just gives the flavors so much more depth.

This is the kind of meal I want in cold weather after a long day at work. It is so warm and filling. Perfect with a generous sprinkle of sharp cheddar.

Short Rib Chili (Instapot Version)
Recipe Type: Chili
Author: Kellie Rice
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Serves: 4
Rich beef short rib chili.
  • 1 pound of boneless beef short ribs cubed
  • 1 can of roasted chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp of chili powder
  • 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of italian herbs
  • 1 can of rinsed dark kidney beans or chili beans
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup of chopped onions
  • 1 poblano pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp of chopped garlic
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings- cheddar, fresh tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, sour cream, hot sauce
  1. In your instantpot use the saute feature
  2. Pour in the olive oil
  3. add in the beef
  4. lightly brown and add in the onion and garlic
  5. turn saute off and switch to meat/stew
  6. Pour in the rest of the ingredients
  7. Cook for 25 minutes
  8. let the steam out and rest for 5 minutes
  9. top as desired

Short Rib Chili

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